Work starts on new observation tower
Published on Friday 3rd February 2012
Work has started on the new iconic observation tower on the seafront at Rossall Point.
At 14 metres tall the tower will act as a beacon and destination along Wyre's seafront linking the new developments on the promenade at Cleveleys and the Marine Hall Gardens in Fleetwood. It is the latest phase of Wyre Council's Sea Change regeneration programme.
The contractors, Fylde Coast-based Parkinsons, have started on site with the initial groundworks including piling and foundations. This will be followed by the partial demolition of the existing building and construction works including the installation of the steel frame and eventually work on the interior. The building is due to be completed by summer.
Councillor Gordon McCann, Cabinet member with responsibility for economic development at Wyre Council said: "It's full steam ahead now with this exciting project which is a key part of our Sea Change programme to regenerate the seafront.
"Rossall Point will become a focal point on the coastline and the link between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, allowing us to promote the whole area as one fantastic destination. Not only that, it will be a valuable facility for the local community too."
The tower will provide a viewing platform for the general public and bird watchers with fantastic views over the Irish Sea and the Lune Deep, the Lakeland fells and the Fylde Coast. The views from the top will be projected onto a screen in the education centre on the ground floor.
The building will also provide a base for the National Coast Watch Institution who keep a watch over boats and visitors to Morecambe Bay.
In a new initiative instigated by Wyre Council through the Blackpool Build Up project, Parkinsons have taken on a formerly unemployed person from Fleetwood to work on the Rossall Point project.
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